Book Review: Go Adventuring With S.S. Taylor’s ‘The Expeditioners’ Series!
Take your middle schooler on an adventure with S.S. Taylor’s fabulous new book, ‘The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon.’ You’re sure to love it, too!
-The Betty Editors
Looking for the perfect book to engage your middle schooler through the post-holidays blues? S.S. Taylor’s series kick-off, The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon, is sure to do the trick!
The story takes place in a world where the government has taken down the Internet; however, innovation has continued through the use of alternate sources of power (think steampunk: mechanical birds, hot air balloons, and steam-powered vehicles). In the wake of the government’s crackdown, people discover that there has been a conspiracy to hide entire parts of the world from the public. A celebrated community of explorers emerges to find these lands—but when one of the explorers disappears, leaving behind a strange map, his three children set off to find out what happened to their father. The action is non-stop as the three siblings, Kit, M.K., and Zander, venture into this unknown world armed with their father’s secret gadgets, discovering their own incredible talents along the way.
The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon is beautifully written. S.S. Taylor writes a book for kids that sophisticated adult readers will love, too. Be prepared to do some heavy negotiating for your household’s copy!
The story features equally compelling characters for both boys and girls. The boy narrator, Kit, is sympathetic and smart in the coolest kind of way, and his brother Zander is a classic protagonist with the good looks to match. But sister M.K. is the mechanical genius of the family, and the introduction of 13-year-old adventurer and pilot Sukey Neville gives the book some real girl power.
McSweeney’s McMullens, the book’s publisher, challenges the usual dividing lines of publishing by combining the literary power of a 381-page chapter book with the increasingly popular graphic novel. Starting with the cover and then sprinkled throughout the book, the compelling illustrations by Katherine Roy add a powerful visual component to the book, pulling you completely into this new world and enticing even the most reluctant young reader to get to the next chapter. Add some secret codes to the spine and beautiful maps on inside cover, and you have the complete kid package, unlike anything we have seen before.
The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon got a rave in the San Francisco Chronicle over the New Year weekend. It’s available for purchase on amazon.com, so pick up this little gem soon—you won’t regret it! And be sure to connect with author S.S. Taylor on Facebook while you’re at it!
The Betty Editors